Yesterday Google launched a brand new product called Google+. The product is currently in invitation-only Beta but will soon be released to the general public.
Google has been notoriously absent from social networking, not that they haven't tried. If Google+ takes off, it could have significant implications for educators, especially if it is included within the Google Apps for Education suite. This could potentially provide a secure, restricted social networking service for use in schools, similar to Edmodo for Schoology. For now, we'll have to wait and see.
Here are a few resources related to the launch of Google+